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  • The Lancaster County Fire Service has issued a burning ban for the entire county.

    The Lancaster County Fire Service has issued a burning ban for the entire county.

    The ban is effective immediately and will remain in place until conditions improve.

     Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said county firefighters have responded to at least 30 grass fires since Saturday, affecting all areas of the county.  

  • Tradesville brush fire scorches 14 acres

    Fire officials were busy Monday afternoon fighting a brush fire that threatened at least 10 homes in the eastern portion of Lancaster County near the Chesterfield County line.

    About 1:30 p.m., firefighters responded to the blaze, near the intersection of Shiloh Unity and Bertha Knight roads, not far from Old Camden-Monroe Highway. 

    Chief Jason Laney of the Tradesville Volunteer Fire Departments said about 14 acres were burned in the fire, which damaged at least one unoccupied home in the area. 

  • Man shot and killed after argument

     

    Lancaster County Sheriffs deputies believe an argument may have led to the shooting death of a Heath Springs man Saturday night. 

  • A large brush fire burns on Shiloh Unity Road near Bertha Knight Road, threatening several homes. Check back for details.
  • Crossing Baselines - Paving the way

    Robert Howey

    rhowey@thelancasternews.com

    Back in the late spring of 1967, Bennie McMurray saw the invitation from the Lancaster Post 31 American Legion baseball program as just a chance to play.

    Today – some 44 years later – he sees a greater significance.

    “We went down to Eggleton Field and history was made,” said McMurray, now the head football coach at Lancaster High School.

  • Five schools win awards

    Five Lancaster County District schools are recipients of this year’s Palmetto Gold and Silver awards for academic excellence.

    Winning gold for general performance this year is Discovery Charter School of Lancaster. Silver award winners for general performance are McDonald Green Elementary and A.R. Rucker Middle schools, both in Lancaster and Indian Land Elementary and Indian Land Middle schools.

    McDonald Green Elementary also received a second Silver Award for its success in closing the achievement gap.

  • Couple suing county, concrete plant

    An Indian Land couple has filed a lawsuit against Lancaster County and a concrete company near their home in an effort to stop what they say is an ongoing nuisance that affects their health and property.

    Ernest and Shawnee Garvin, who filed the suit Dec. 16, 2010,  live on Cole Creek Drive in the Brookchase neighborhood. Their home is located within 50 yards of the Blue Dot Redi-Mix LLC facility on Northfield Drive in the Perimeter 521 Commerce Park, according to the lawsuit.

  • Next Streetscape phase under way

    City of Lancaster officials are looking to extend the Main Street beautification efforts past the southern tip of the city limits. 

    Just a few months ago, the city wrapped up its latest Streetscape phase, which has seen new sidewalks, curbing, lighting and greenery from the railroad tracks near L&C Railway to Emmons Street on South Main Street. 

  • Parent Portal keeps parents in the know

      

  • Progress being made on monument project

    The list continues to grow of the names that will be featured on a local monument honoring military veterans past and present. 

    The Heath Springs Veterans Association is asking individuals and families if they want to honor a serviceman or woman by having their name engraved on a granite monument that will sit at the corner where the old water tower stood in Heath Springs, facing North Main Street. 

    It costs $250 to have a veteran's name included on the monument.